Cognition-induced epilepsy

Anthony L. Ritaccio, Anuradha Singh, Orrin Devinsky

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Cognition-induced epilepsy comprises a group of loosely tied syndromes characterized by seizures regularly precipitated by cognitive tasks. Linguistic operations (e.g., reading, writing) and decision making associated with visuospatial manipulation are the most frequent and best-characterized triggers. The syndromes reviewed have a high degree of overlap and clinical/EEG variability, suggesting that any of the neural networks subserving these complex tasks may promote seizures on either a topographic basis or a functional/connective basis. Treatment options include typical pharmacological and surgical interventions as well as stimulus alteration, threshold alteration, and avoidance conditioning. We postulate that more commonly encountered epilepsy syndromes also have complex triggers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-501
Number of pages6
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition-induced epilepsy
  • Graphogenic epilepsy
  • Reading epilepsy
  • Reflex epilepsy


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